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If you are currently feeling depressed, you are not alone. According to Denise Mann of WebMD, approximately one in twenty Americans suffer from depression. There are numerous factors that contribute to symptoms of depression and treatment options vary depending on the severity. However, by following these simple steps below, you can improve your own mood on a daily basis and feel better in your everyday life.
The first step that you can towards overcoming depression is to share how you are feeling with someone you trust. Talking to a friend or family member about your mood is helpful because doing so will help you to realize that you are not alone. An addition, by sharing how you are feeling with another person, you may experience the realization that although your specific problems are unique to you, they too have aspects of life that they are unhappy about. This will help you to feel less isolated and increase your motivation to tackle life’s problems.
The next step that you can take is to make a list of the things in life that have you down and then write next to each problem several steps you can take to overcome it. Then, set a deadline by which you will complete each step. Feelings of depression are often caused by anxiety, which can stem from a sense of fear that problems are overwhelming. By taking steps towards identifying your fears and then taking specific steps to tackle them will help empower you and boost your self-esteem. This process can have a very positive impact on your mood and overall well-being.
Another point you can address in order to overcome depression is your lifestyle. Regular exercise can have a positive impact on your mood, according to Kristen Vickers – Douglas, a psychologist for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York. Ideally, at least 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week can be performed as a means of boosting one’s mood. However, if the thought of that much time seems unrealistic, then Vickers – Douglas recommends smaller bouts of exercise (i.e. 10 – 15 minutes), as the shorter duration still has very positive effects.
Finally, consider contacting a mental health professional with whom you can share your feelings. Licensed therapists can help you identify underlying causes on your depression and provide you with in depth plans for treatment. Visit http://www.findcounseling.com to find a counselor near you.